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10:00 a.m.

The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.

The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03

The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

©2016 Marieke Nijkamp (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. First published in print by Sourcebooks Fire.

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Valiant Effort in Otherwise Melodramatic Read

The narrators were great considering the sappily melodramatic dialogue and language used by the characters. For me, they were really the only bright spot in the story. I totally understand and admire what the author obviously wanted to do with this story but the whole thing came off too sensationalist, too melodramatic, and too emotionally manipulative with alot of tokenism thrown in for a short at diversity. All these things took away from what could have possibly been a very dark, gritty, and heart wrenching read if only a decent amount of realism and less purple prose was thrown into the narrative of events.

46 of 51 people found this review helpful

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Painful Listen

Don't waste your money, even at the sale price. This was a melodramatic dud at best. The characters are very hard to relate to and the use of their communication via social media added nothing to the story.

I was hoping for a suspenseful and gritty psychological thriller. Instead the author took me through a highly dramatized slew of useless dialogue and poorly written emotional scenes. I hope somebody can take this idea and write something worth the listen/read.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 09-13-16

Teenagers Should Love This--

Every now and then I get a hankering for some YA, especially when I see that Nick Podehl is one of the narrators. And you never know, YA, even MG, can be tonic for an adult out of touch with themselves.
This one, "This Is Where It Ends", is good if you want to get in touch with your inner angst-ridden teen. Not so much for adults, really. It's urgent, emotional, fraught with every type of teenager there is. It goes to GREAT lengths to touch on any experience, background a teen can come from. So naturally, you might find yourself rolling your eyes a time or two, if you're an adult.
If you're a teen (and by the way, this is NOT for 11-13 year olds!), more power to you. You'll find yourself within, every emotion you've ever felt, every fear you've ever had.
Masterfully narrated, with Nick Podehl turning in the most compelling character's voice, this is a decent way to spend your time.
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24 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Unforgettable!

This story about a school shooting is told from several different viewpoints, none of which is the shooter. You come to know these people on a personal level. It's a sad and moving story about normal high school students and the secrets they keep. It's about their love and their pain.

I highly recommend this story. I also highly recommend not starting this story at night if you plan on getting any sleep. It grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go until the very end.

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You should pass on this one

I know this kind of book is a hard topic to listen to and I was ready for that....but the storyline was the issue. The whole thing was anticlimactic. The characters weren't explained in a way that you could attach yourself to any of them. The actions of each in the end was so unrealistic that I almost didn't finish it. Pass and find a better book.

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That one reader

Whoever was the reader for Claire sounded like a robot.
Great book though. Ennoyed it

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  • jaredean
  • PROVO, UT, United States
  • 11-02-16

Hated this book

I didn't hate this book because of the topic, I knew what I was getting into when I started it, but I couldn't stand the absolute ineptitude of the author in how the characters were portrayed. Tons of cliché situations and sentences could be forgiven if it weren't for The actions of each and every person involved. Without spoiling too much, and yes these are minor spoilers, many of the people that die did so for absolutely no reason at all while others died for "noble reasons" yet their sacrifices were weak and meaningless.

I understand the desire to make something of the topic bigger than life but I ended up listening, loathing and in a minute returning a book that was so small and frustrating I'm amazed it passed the editors pen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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mediocre

The characters were interesting but the voice for Claire sounded like a robot which was very distracting.

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Good Grief! Pass the Tylenol!

I have never given a 2 star review before. This is a very poorly written book. Here we have a devastating event occurring event which sadly I have to admit has happened far too many time but the back stories are drenched in Peto Bismol. The constant hash tag messages add absolutely nothing as they are written by an adult and should have been written by a teen in order to add pathos and authenticity.

There is more emphasis on 'blood and guts' than there is on the relevance of the tale. If there is supposed to be a message I didn't get it!

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Definitely a Unique Listen

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found myself nervous at times for different characters for different reasons. This isn't the typical YA book. There's some romance in it, but the focus is on the 54 minute time span that makes this such a unique listen. It really made me reflect on how violence and bullying looks in schools in the U.S. today and how there are different ways to cope with it.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful